• If This Is Pettitte’s Last Year…

    Posted by on April 25th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    …will it be the best ever season by a Yankees starting pitcher, meaning a pitcher who qualified for league ERA title, in his last season? Well, here are the other such Yankees pitchers, in their last big league season:

    Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm G GS W L W-L% IP BB SO ERA
    1 Mike Mussina 132 2008 39 NYY 34 34 20 9 .690 200.1 31 150 3.37
    3 Dutch Ruether 114 1927 33 NYY 27 26 13 6 .684 184.0 52 45 3.38
    7 Bill Bevens 93 1947 30 NYY 28 23 7 13 .350 165.0 77 77 3.82
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/25/2010.

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    Bottom line…there haven’t been many Yankees pitchers who have qualified for league ERA title in their last big league season. And, of the few, Mike Mussina in 2008 is the gold standard. Can Andy Pettitte, if this is his last year, top Moose ’08? Maybe…I wouldn’t bet against him.

    Comments on If This Is Pettitte’s Last Year…

    1. butchie22
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:09 am

      Ap ‘s health might come into question with his age later in the season BUT boy can he pitch right now. Nice job by AP . Talk about getting better as he’s gotten older. And I don’t think he’s taking HGH or at least I hope not to accomplish this amaaing mini-run he’s had so far. It’s really great to have AP contribute so mightily in his possible last season. It was stupid of Steinbrenner The Criminal(That’s George not Hal or Hank)to ever want to trade this guy in 99 and just as idiotic to let him walk in 2004.That propaganda about him wanting to go home was the worst variety of Yankee BS,mates! Then years later we hear some crap about an affair….that was rubbish as well! AP cried when he left the Bronx for The Astronauts of Texas,he wanted to stay BUT Yankees Inc dissed him. And people mention the Core Four? AP is the most underrated of that four and I hope he receives as much adulation as he can in his last season in pinstripes.

    2. OldYanksFan
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:36 am

      @ butchie22:If I remember correctly, the Yankees offered AP MORE then the Astros did, so it wasn’t like they LET him walk… or that maybe Andy did want to go home. And didn’t Andy lose a full season in Houston to an elbow injury? It hurt to see one of ‘our guys’ leave, but it wasn’t exactly a heartless or dumb move by the Yankees.

    3. OldYanksFan
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:41 am

      @ butchie22:Get your facts straight!
      Deal is $7.5M less than Yankees’ offer
      HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte followed his heart back home to Houston, making a “gut-wrenching” decision Thursday to leave the New York Yankees and accept a $31.5 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros.

      Pettitte took $7.5 million less (thats 25%!!!!) to sign with the Astros — the Yankees’ last offer was for $39 million over three years. But the Astros play near Pettitte’s hometown of Deer Park, an important factor for the pitcher’s wife and children.

      “We hate to lose Andy Pettitte,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1683732

    4. Raf
      April 25th, 2010 | 11:24 am

      OldYanksFan wrote:

      And didn’t Andy lose a full season in Houston to an elbow injury?

      Yep, and that was quite the concern before he left, that too many cutters would mess up his arm.

    5. Evan3457
      April 25th, 2010 | 2:15 pm

      If by, “I wouldn’t bet against him”, you mean the odds are 50/50 he’ll top Moose’s 2008, well…

      …I’d take that bet. Andy is not very likely to top Moose’s 2008.

      Unless you include winning a title as part of the criteria. That, Andy has a reasonable shot of doing.

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